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1976 Chevy C30 Crew Cab

Long Dong: Vietnamese Currency and a Slick C30

Phil Gordon
Oct 6, 2016
Photographers: Phil Gordon
They say if you ask a man what he wants to be as a child, you get the true answer. As an adult, we must consider finances and responsibility. But as a young child, those thoughts are far away. When 36-year-old Mike Tkach of Slatington, Pennsylvania, was asked what he wanted while still a child, he said “a truck builder!” And he not only carried that wish over into adulthood, but he mastered it to perfection.
Photo 2/9   |   1976 Chevy C30 Pickup Truck Driving
During high school, looking at trucks would cause ideas to swarm through his head, and Tkach would draw out the custom touches he wanted to add. He was finally able to carry his ideas to fruition at 16 after he got his first truck. In his garage, he worked tirelessly to make it perfect. But this finished truck was too small, and he couldn’t cruise with his friends. Tkach made a transition to a larger truck that also happened to increase the size and capability of his creativeness.
Tkach found his 1976 Chevy C30 by accident while doing a job for a friend. Someone was asking if anyone wanted to buy a C30, and he became very interested. The truck was in bad shape, but the potential was there. The owner offered a deal. If Tkach did a quick job for him, he would sign the title over to him. Within hours, Tkach had his new canvas ready to be constructed.
Photo 3/9   |   1976 Chevy C30 Pickup Truck Engine
Photo 4/9   |   1976 Chevy C30 Pickup Truck Interior
Tkach and his friend Baloo along with his brother Rexy stripped the Chevy to bare frame and removed all the rust and smoothed the body down. The air ride suspension was added to bring the new Chevy to the ground. From there, the body work was done with shaving and replacing the floor pans and rockers. He enlisted master painter Dave Newell for an Orange coating that makes the Chevy stand out among the rest. After paint, Tkach reassembled the truck using new bumpers, fittings, trim pieces, and seals. The interior was next after finding some seats at a junkyard. The center console was custom made, and a friend’s mother helped wrap the upholstery.
The final step was adding a motor worthy of the new creation. Tkach does a lot of towing and it needed to be powerful enough for his needs. He found a big-block after months of searching and brought it to his friend Butch, who completely rebuilt it. “I didn’t want any used parts on this truck after I got it,” Tkach says. “I built this truck to be brand-new, like going to the dealership!” Now dubbed Long Dong, the truck and Tkach have made their mark on the truck scene. It doesn’t sound like either one is going anywhere for a while. We’re not sure why Tkach would name this truck after the Vietnamese currency, but This Dong definitely has a higher exchange rate than the rest!
Photo 5/9   |   1976 Chevy C30 Pickup Truck Rear

Inside the build

Year/Make/Model: 1976 Chevy C30 Crew Cab
Owner and City/State: Mike Tkach; Slatington, Pennsylvania
Front Suspension: Thor Bros. drop member with 3-inch Z, 3-inch DJM drop spindles, Firestone 2,600lb ’bags, Monroe Sensatrac shocks, DJM tubular control arms, upper and modified lowers, Mustang rack-and-pinion, Thor Bros. sway bar with poly-flex sway bar linkage
Rear Suspension: Thor Bros. triangulated four-link with Firestone 2,800lb ’bags, Monroe shocks, York 210 belt-driven compressor, 5-gallon tank and 2-gallon tank with stainless steel braided lines, SMC valves, and three airlift gauges
Brakes: ABS power brake 14 1/2-inch cross drilled and slotted rotors with 4-piston calipers, front and rear stainless steel braided lines
Engine: completely rebuilt ’97 Suburban fuel-injected Vortec 7.4 painted Gloss Black, all stainless braided lines, Griffin radiator and custom-made mounts, polished intake tube with custom enclosure, 3-inch dual Borla exhaust, custom wire harness with Stage 1 tune on computer
Transmission: Mad Dog stage 4 700r4 Dominator
Rearend: Chevy 12-bolt with Auburn posi, Richmond 3.73 gears
Stock floor bodydropped to pinch weld, shaved bolt holes on front bumper and painted Gun Metal Metallic, rear bumper bolts and license plate lights shaved with custom flip-up plate to reveal hidden tow hitch and paint matched, custom grille and headlight paint matched with Infinity G35 HIDs, door handles had lips removed and smoothed and paint matched, mirrors stripped of chrome and paint matched, shaved side markers, key locks, rain drip rails, gas door, stake pockets ,and tailgate handle relocated to inside, custom bed floor Raptor bedliner with hidden custom steel 43-gallon fuel cell, PPG Orange with a Gold Pearl sprayed over top, PPG Gun Metal Metallic
Chevy Suburban bucket seats wrapped in Gray leather and suede inserts, door panels with suede inserts and aluminum trim pieces and painted switches, dash pad wrapped, Auto Meter American Muscle Series gauges housed in transformed gauge cluster, handmade pillar pod with custom trans temp gauge, Vintage Air heating and AC unit, tilt column with Billet shifter, turn signal and Forever Sharp Products steering wheel
Stereo: Custom center console housing a Pioneer AVH-7700BHT flip-out head unit, dual 10-inch Soundstream Tarantula subwoofers, Soundstream Tarantula TX4.560 four-channel amp and TX1.2600D subwoofer amplifier, Soundstream Picasso series components, Viper smart-start, and security system
Wheels & Tires:
Wheels: 22x9; Coy C5
Tires: 265/35R22; Dunlop SP Sport Maxx
Special Thanks From Owner: My Mom, Stacy, Baloo, Dave Newell, Big D, Sosa the Shark, and all of my other friends who helped along the way
Photo 9/9   |   1976 Chevy C30 Pickup Truck Front



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